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Match Report: Altitude FC VS Unity FC

By Alex Rickman  /  May 21, 2024

Following a rough day at the office against TSS Rovers on Friday, Altitude looked to bounce back at home against Surrey’s Unity FC on May 20th. Friday’s losses were far from a fun time for either side, so a shot at redemption a short few days later was welcomed by both the men’s and women’s teams. How did they fare in their May long weekend clashes at a packed Kinsmen Field?

Kicking off at 1:00 pm, Altitude’s women’s side had to weather an early storm from a hard-pressing Unity side. Unity hounded the Sky Blues early in the contest, but Altitude held strong and managed to get some chances of their own as the half progressed. From early on in the contest, Altitude showed a willingness to pull the trigger on shots from distance, coming close on several of these chances and stretching the Unity defence. As halftime rolled around, the score remained 0-0, but the Altitude side we were seeing looked very different from that we saw in the early stages of the half. After successfully preventing Unity from capitalizing on any of their early pressure, Altitude looked reinvigorated and came out for the second half ready to pounce. 

When the second half kicked off, it felt like anyone’s game. Throughout the half, this feeling continued, as Altitude and Unity traded chance after chance, but were unable to find the back of the net. Then, in the 93rd minute, the deadlock was finally broken. With Unity’s keeper off her line, Jade Mitchell saw an opportunity from well outside the box and took it perfectly, lofting a beautiful shot into the back of the net to give Altitude the lead and ultimately, the win. Altitude’s women have had some dramatic finishes to games this year, but none was more spectacular than this wondergoal giving Altitude their first win of the campaign. Goals like Mitchell’s winner are not something you see every day, and when combined with the circumstances she scored it under, this was a moment that few who witnessed it would soon forget. 

Later on, in the men’s game, Unity once again began pressing hard from the moment the whistle blew, but Altitude was able to remain composed and get a few chances of their own. This paid off in the 13th minute, as Matthew Marshall headed home a free kick to give Altitude an early lead, much to the delight of his father and club co-founder Mark. Unity would continue to press hard even after conceding, and would tie the game before the half with a 41st minute goal off of a free kick. Both sides would push to break the tie before halftime, but neither would succeed, as the whistle blew on a 1-1 game wide open for the taking. 

Unity wasted no time taking the lead after the second half kicked off, making it 2-1 in the 46th minute. However, despite the rough start to the second half, Altitude made it clear that they would not just go quietly, playing hard at both ends of the pitch to make sure Unity would not be able to extend their lead. Altitude’s efforts would be rewarded in the 66th minute, as Carson Buschman-Dormond put home a penalty kick to level the game. This deadlock would be broken a mere 11 minutes later, as Ali Azarminoo got on the end of a long throw from Hauke Tippe to put Altitude up 3-2. From there, Unity would push hard to take home a draw, but fell short at the end, with Altitude securing victories in both their men’s and women’s games at home for the first time in club history. 

Throughout both matches, Altitude looked like they wanted redemption after the tough losses at TSS, and they more than made up for it with their performances today. Resilience has been a theme for both sides this year, and it showed today, as Altitude stayed locked in despite the challenges Unity gave them and took home 3 points on both sides, Altitude’s women now sit second in the table behind only the Vancouver Whitecaps academy team, while the men sit third. Altitude will now turn their attention to this weekend’s clash with Harbourside FC in Nanaimo on May 25th, and will next play at home on June 2nd against expansion franchise Burnaby FC.